Sunday, March 14, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
While this technique has gained much favor in Europe, it is slow to be adopted in the U.S. The push by CMS and Congress, however, to reduce errors and procedure complications should make the transradial approach attractive to interventionalists. Studies verify the technique's efficacy in reducing bleeding complications. But many U.S. interventionalists remain resistant to change. If you're looking for a introduction to the transradial approach, this session will meet your needs.
Interventionalists who routinely use the transradial approach do not do so in all patients. Generally, about 15 percent of patients are not suited for the technique. In this session, you will learn about patient selection, potential complications and how to prevent them. There also will be a thorough review of the evidence supporting the transradial approach.
There might be a misconception that the transradial technique requires exotic equipment. But that is not true. It is possible to assess the coronaries through the radial artery with the same guidewires and catheters used in the femoral approach. However, as the technique gains converts, vendors have responded with transradial-specific equipment, making the technique even more applicable in terms of ease of use and reducing bleeding complications. The lecture "Catheter Selection, Dedicated Curves, Tips and Tricks" should clear up any questions you might have regarding equipment.
As the transradial approach gains momentum, it will be used more and more in difficult cases. In this session, experts will review the transradial approach in complex cases.
And finally, if you and your colleagues are already convinced about the technique's efficacy but are unsure how to implement it in your practice, then you need to stay for the last lecture. "Transitioning from Femoral to Radial Access and Intervention - How to Get There" will lay out the steps for you in an orderly fashion.
Location: Room B315
Sameer Mehta, II, MD, Miami
Ian C. Gilchrist, MD, Hershey, Pa.
Tejas Patel, MD, Ahmedabad, India
Philippe Genereux, MD, Montreal
Pinak B. Shah, MD, Brookline, Mass.
Sim Ming Ming, MD, Pingjin, Taiwan